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The main goal of the project is the improvement of the Mediterranean Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii) and Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii) conservation status in Greece, by implementing concrete conservation actions in 17 Greek SPA sites, according to the prescriptions and priorities identified by the International Action Plans for the two species.
 

  Photo: Roula Trigou   

Identification of Marine Important Bird Areas (Marine IBAs)

Control of populations of seabird terrestrial predators

  • Assessment of islets and monitoring of breeding of the Mediterranean Shag and Audouin’s Gull
  • Rat control

Control of populations of seabird competitive species

  • Assessment of islets and monitoring of breeding of the Mediterranean Shag and Audouin’s Gull
  • Yellow-legged Gull population control

Measures against accidental trapping of seabirds in fishing gear

  • Survey and assessment of seabird accidental catch in Greece
  • Identification of mitigation measures
  • Campaign for fishermen on by-catch

Public awareness

  Recording of              biometric data
  Coastal census
  An HOS vessel during              fieldwork at Cyclades
   The mobile exhibition of the project  
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Θαλασσοκόρακας & Αιγαιόγλαρος

take part in the Greek seabird population census

 Identify six seabirds at a glance!

Dark coloured, long necked and short tail

Mediterranean Shag: rounded crown, steep forehead, slender bill, thin straight neck.

Dark coloured, long wings, just above the water

Cory’s Shearwater: brown above, white below, long glides.
Mediterranean Shearwater: dark above, light below, quick wingbeats. Usually in flocks.

White coloured gull, with long wings 

Yellow-legged Gull: light-coloured bill, eyes and legs. Dark grey mantle with white edge, and black wing tips, with large white spots. Yellow bill. Most common gull.
Audouin’s Gull: dark-coloured bill, eye and legs. Light grey mantle without obvious white edge and black wing tips, with small white spots. Red bill. Typically observed close to islands and small islets.


Tiny, black, just above the water

Storm-petrel: very small, white rump like a swallow. Very rare

LIFE Natura 2000

LIFE07 NAT/GR/000285
Concrete conservation actions for the Mediterranean Shag and Audouin's Gull in Greece, including the inventory of relevant marine IBAs

The project is implemented by the Hellenic Ornithological Society, in collaboration with the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal (ΜΟm), the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), the Technological Institution (TEI) of Ionian Islands and the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), with the financial support of the European Commission and the co-financing of the A.G. Leventis Foundation.
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